I thought some of you might find this interesting. First off let me say that I in no way support street racing and any racing should be kept to the track, but I was talking with someone the yesterday and did some further research about this new "anti-street racing" bill that the Ontario government is trying to pass through or is considerig passing. I am really upset about this bill cause it prohibits any mods that could be used for street racing to be hooked up in the car while traveling on Ontario roads (largely aimed at nitrous obviously, but the wording can include just about everything from tachometers to turbos I guess) and any police officer can pull you over and search your car if they suspect you of having any of these "items" online in the vehicle. So if we're going to the track are we supposed to hook up and install all this stuff when we get there?
Now the part about stiffer penalties for those actually caught in the act of street racing I agree with, but street racing would now count as going at least 25 km/hr over the speed limit with like 2 cars side by side...so like if you try to pass someone on a 2 lane highway and buddy doesn't want you to pass him and speeds up and Mr. po-po catches you, that would be street racing, which means good-bye car, and hello $3-5000 dollar fine (depending on the severity)
There's a petition going around (that has like 13,000 sigs already) about rewording the bill and it makes several valid points about these shops and people who make their livelyhood out of selling and installing performance parts for cars, and a bill like this, as it is now, would virtually shut them down. I agree that this isn't right for the Ontario Government to do this...if they're going to butt f*** us with insurance costs, we should at least have some freedom to modify our cars! Plus, do they really think the police have nothing better to do than inspect stuff like ricer's cars?
I can see Giancarlo's point he's been making lately about the 15 year rule changing (at least in Ontario) only because of the government's gross fear of "street racing", and I'm sure they're not thrilled about cars like the Skylines coming here.
just my 2 cents....
p.s., while we're bitching about the government, why they hell are they bringing back photoradar this summer?!?!?!